Glossary of Forex Trading Terms G - M
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G7 - The seven leading industrial countries, being US , Germany, Japan, France, UK, Canada, Italy.
G10 - G7 plus Belgium, Netherlands and
Sweden, a group associated with IMF discussions. Switzerland is
sometimes peripherally involved.
Gap - A mismatch between maturities and cash
flows in a bank or individual dealers position book. Gap exposure is
effectively interest rate exposure.
Going long - The purchase of a stock, commodity, or currency for investment or speculation.
Going short - The selling of a currency or instrument not owned by the seller.
Gold Standard - The original system for
supporting the value of currency issued. The was that where the price
of gold is fixed against the currency it means that the increased
supply of gold does not lower the price of gold but causes prices to
Good until canceled - An instruction to a
broker that unlike normal practice the order does not expire at the end
of the trading day, although normally terminates at the end of the
Grid - Fixed margin within which exchange rates are allowed to fluctuate.
Gross Domestic Product - Total value of a country's output, income or expenditure produced within the country's physical borders.
Gross National Product - Gross domestic product plus " factor income from abroad" - income earned from investment or work abroad.
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Hard currency - Any one of the major world currencies that is well traded and easily converted into other currencies.
Head and Shoulders - A pattern in price
trends which chartist consider indicates a price trend reversal. The
price has risen for some time, at the peak of the left shoulder, profit
taking has caused the price to drop or level. The price then rises
steeply again to the head before more profit taking causes the the
price to drop to around the same level as the shoulder. A further
modest rise or level will indicate a that a further major fall is
imminent. The breach of the neckline is the indication to sell.
Hedge - The purchase or sale of options or
futures contracts as a temporary substitute for a transaction to be
made at a later date. Usually it involves opposite positions in the
cash or futures or options market.
Hedged position - One open buy position and one open sell position in the same currency.
Hit the bid - Acceptance of purchasing at the offer or selling at the bid.
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IMF - International Monetary Fund,
established in 1946 to provide international liquidity on a short and
medium term and encourage liberalization of exchange rates. The IMF
supports countries with balance of payments problems with the provision
IMM - International Monetary Market part of
the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that lists a number of currency and
financial futures Implied volatilityA measurement of the market's
expected price range of the underlying currency futures based on the
traded option premiums.
Implied Rates - The interest rate determined by calculating the difference between spot and forward rates.
Indicative quote - A market-maker's price which is not firm.
Inflation - Continued rise in the general
price level in conjunction with a related drop in purchasing power.
Sometimes referred to as an excessive movement in such price levels.
Initial margin - The margin required by a Foreign Exchange firm to initiate the buying or selling of a determined amount of currency.
Inter-bank rates - The bid and offer rates at which international banks place deposits with each other. The basis of the Interbank market.
Interest Arbitrage - Switching into another
currency by buying spot and selling forward, and investing proceeds in
order to obtain a higher interest yield. Interest arbitrage can be
inward, i.e. from foreign currency into the local one or outward, i.e.
from the local currency to the foreign one. Sometimes better results
can be obtained by not selling the forward interest amount. In that
case some treat it as no longer being a complete arbitrage, as if the
exchange rate moved against the arbitrageur, the profit on the
transaction may create a loss.
Interest parity - One currency is in interest
parity with another when the difference in the interest rates is
equalized by the forward exchange margins. For instance, if the
operative interest rate in Japan is 3% and in the UK 6%, a forward
premium of 3% for the Japanese Yen against sterling would bring about
Interest rate Swaps - An agreement to swap
interest rate exposures from floating to fixed or vice versa. There is
no swap of the principal. It is the interest cash flows be they
payments or receipts that are exchanged.
Internationalization - Referring to a
currency that is widely used to denominate trade and credit
transactions by non residents of the country of issue. US dollar and
Swiss Franc are examples.
Intervention - Action by a central bank to
effect the value of its currency by entering the market. Concerted
intervention refers to action by a number of central banks to control
- K -
Kiwi - Slang for the New Zealand dollar.
- L -
Leading Indicators - Statistic that are considered to precede changes in economic growth rates and total business activity, e.g. factory orders.
Liability - In terms of foreign exchange ,
the obligation to deliver to a counterparty an amount of currency
either in respect of a balance sheet holding at a specified future date
or in respect of an un-matured forward or spot transaction.
Limit order - A request to deal as a buyer or
seller for a foreign currency transaction at a specified price, or at a
better price, if obtainable.
Liquidation - Any transaction that offsets or closes out a previously established position.
Liquidity - The ability of a market to accept large transactions.
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Maintenance margin - The minimum margin which an investor must keep on deposit in a margin account at all times in respect of each open contract.
Make a market - A dealer is said to make a
market when he or she quotes bid and offer prices at which he or she
stands ready to buy and sell.
Managed float - When the monetary authorities
intervene regularly in the market to stabilize the rates or to aim the
exchange rate in a required direction.
Margin call - A claim by one's broker or
dealer for additional good faith performance monies usually issued when
an investor's account suffers adverse price movements.
Margin - The amount of money or collateral
that must be, in the first instance, provided or thereafter,
maintained, to ensure against losses on open contracts. Initial must be
placed before a trade is entered into. Maintenance or Variation margin
must be added to initial to maintain against losses on open positions.
Sometimes herein the amount that needs to be present to establish or
thereafter maintained is sometimes herein referred to as necessary
Mark to market - The daily adjustment of an account to reflect accrued profits and losses often required to calculate variations of margins.
Market maker - A market maker is a person or firm authorized to create and maintain a market in an instrument.
Market order - An order to buy or sell a financial instrument immediately at the best possible price.
Micro economics - The study of economic
activity as it applies to individual firms or well defined small groups
of individuals or economic sectors.
Mid-price or middle rate - The price half-way between the two prices, or the average of both buying and selling prices offered by the market makers.
Minimum price fluctuation - The smallest increment of market price movement possible in a given futures contract.
Monetary Base - Currency in circulation plus banks' required and excess deposits at the central bank.
Moving Average - A way of smoothing a set of data, widely used in price time series.